Jonathan Alder senior Andrew Koenig is no stranger to being in the spotlight. For four years he has played a critical role in the success of the Pioneers boys basketball team.
Despite battling through injuries this season, the guard was once again the go-to guy for Alder as it posted a 15-8 record. His 17.4 points per game average helped the 6-foot, 3-inch standout earn first team Division II All-Central District honors this season.
“As a basketball coach you don’t get a lot of time for reflecting during the season, you’re always prepping for the next game,” Alder coach Brent Cahill said. “But now that I get a chance to look at it, Andy was part of what is probably the best four-year run in school history.
“He finished with 1,286 career points, I don’t think there’s any doubt he’s one of the top five or six players in school history.”
Alder won 57 games in the four years Koenig was on the floor. He was a four-year starter and grew from being the team’s fourth or fifth offensive option as a freshman to the go-to guy in his junior and senior seasons. Despite a collection of injuries he was able to achieve a lot of things.
“Looking back I say I wish he didn’t get hurt,” Cahill said. “But he was able to find a way to fight through and produce. That show’s how tough he is mentally.”
While Andrew was the only Madison County boys basketball player to earn first team All-Central District honors, there were others who were recognized.
Alder sophomore Jacob Koenig and London seniors Grant Brooks and Darius Davis were selected D-II honorable mention.
In Division III, Madison-Plains seniors Cameron Near, Anthony Tesi and Jonathon Dill as well as West Jefferson’s Jared Vermillion were all picked for the honorable mention squad. In D-IV Shekinah Christian’s Chris Conte, Austin Lynn and John Michael Hershberger all found their way into honorable mention recognition.
While Alder’s Andrew Koenig was the only Madison County boys basketball player earning first team all-district honors, that too was the case for London’s Emily Minner.
The junior guard led the Red Raiders in scoring at 14.7 points per game and helped her team go 20-4 and earn a Mid-State League Ohio Division championship.
She is scheduled to return to a team that should return nearly every one of its key contributors next year.
One of those players is sophomore Malorie Colwell who averaged 10 points per game for London this season as she was named third team All-Central District.
The collection of D-II honorable mention selections from the county included London’s Kaitlin Patterson, as well as Jonathan Alder’s collection of talented players including Lily Hess, McKenna Huff, Sydney Bourquin and Jillian Jaske.
In D-III, West Jefferson junior forward Sydney Looby was a third team district selection after averaging 11.7 ppg.
The Roughriders trio of Sydney Gaus, Alexis Good and Hope Lewis were honorable mention selections.
Shekinah Christian sophomore Kloe Yutzy (10.8 ppg) was a second team pick on the D-IV team and teammate Mandi Scheffel was placed on the honorable mention squad.
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